May 31, 2017

Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund Thanks Those Who Helped With Community Meeting

To the Editor:

The Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund (LALDEF) would like to thank all those who helped make our May 24 Community Meeting on Immigration Issues such a success.

First and foremost we thank the 130 people who attended. We thank them for their recognition of these difficult times when people of conscience are standing together to support our immigrant friends and neighbors. For their desire and determination to do all they can at the local level to support those who share this space we call Princeton and Trenton. All this is more than appreciated.

Just as importantly, we thank the Nassau Presbyterian Church represented by the Reverend Dave Davis, Linda Gilmore, and Bill and Pam Wakefield. Their generosity in providing a beautiful meeting room, coffee and tea, A/V equipment, and arranging all the furniture was more than we could ask.

Finally, we thank our speakers: Princeton University Professors Alejandro Portes and Dan-el Padilla Peralta; Marisol Conde-Hernandez, a dreamer who is about to receive her law degree from Rutgers after many years of struggle aided by LALDEF; Steven Puac a graduate of our FUTURO mentoring program who will enter Haverford College next fall with a full scholarship; and two young women who found comfort in our No Estás Sóla (“You are not alone”) program for victims of domestic abuse.

If you would like to learn more about LALDEF or join in our work, please visit our website at There you can explore our service programs and advocacy efforts, and find contacts for volunteering, visiting our headquarters Casa de Bienvenida (Welcoming House), or making a donation.

Adriana Abizadeh
Executive Director
Leticia Fraga, John Heilner,
 Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Anastasia Mann,
The Board of Trustees of the Latin American
Legal Defense & Education Fund